Suicide Japan: Why I Considered It Too

This morning I read an article titled, “Inside Japan’s ‘Suicide Forest.’” The 30,000+ reported suicides a year are not new to me, but the more intimate account of the forest stirred up my own personal thoughts on suicide. You should read the article I just mentioned if you’re unfamiliar with suicide in Japan. | photo…

A Son Needs A Father

Dear Son, I found out last week that you are a boy and not a girl. Words can’t express my joy. One day I hope that you will have a son of your own and experience what I mean. We are expecting you to arrive around Thanksgiving. Your birth will be so timely. That’s the…

Dad, This is Me at 27

A post in the series, “Why I Write About My Dad Each May.” Find all the posts here. Dad, it’s that time of the year again. Time to remember, time to catch up. Hard to believe I’ve spent 1/3 of my life without you. Well, anyway, this is what you should know about me at 27. First, I…

Good Friends Are Hard to Find

A post in the series, “Why I Write About My Dad Each May.” Find all the posts here. Those three guys above were my best friends from high school. We were on the basketball team and did everything together. My friend Mike is on one side of me and my friend Gemayal (white suit) is on the other….

The Beginning of the End

A post in the series, “Why I Write About My Dad Each May.” Find all the posts here. The photo above is from Thanksgiving 2003. It was the last family photo we took with everyone together. I remember having a lot of fun while we took those pictures. Thanksgiving was always a fun memory with our family and…

A Daughter is One of God’s Deep Blessings

A post in the series, “Why I Write About My Dad Each May.” Find all the posts here. Dad’s Journal, November 5, 2003: “Kaori wrote a thank you note to me.  It was so sweet.  One of those things that makes you think that it was worth being away just to have her appreciate my being back and…

17, My Best Day With Dad

A post in the series, “Why I Write About My Dad Each May.” Find all the posts here. Dad’s Journal, October 6, 2003: “Oh my heart aches for Stephen these days.  He is in the throes of his first major passage in life and, I can see now, it has so many of the marks of a mid-life…

Why I Write About My Dad Each May

My father died of cancer 9 years ago. I only think about this occasionally and in passing most days of the year. May is different. Like the fallen soldiers we remember every year, it is my time to slow down and think about the man who shaped my life, the man I lost at 18. I’ve tried…